Two people we’ll miss – and a lesson from their lives

During the summer, America lost a wonderful former public official who for nearly 20 years ably served her country and her New Orleans constituents with a mixture of what one commentator called “steely tenacity and Southern charm.” There have been many excellent tributes to former Congresswoman Lindy Boggs (LA), including this one by renowned Louisiana columnist Clancy Dubos, that explain her success in life and politics...

Sens. Portman, McCaskill step forward on environmental permitting

In recent years, federal and state environmental permitting procedures have grown increasingly complex.  This not only results in needless delays, it also hobbles the nation’s infrastructure repair and improvement at a time when these projects are increasingly important. Having done significant state and federal permitting work through the years (see here and here), we’re especially glad to see that U.S...